MONDAY PDB – US Rethinking Limited Nuke War, Ukraine War Shifting to Air Battle, A NATO for the Middle East and Pacific? Japan Key to Asia Security, Anarchists Join Jihadists in US Army

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REAGAN REDUX – Congress is bringing back the idea of a ‘limited’ nuclear war. Lawmakers are betting $45 million that a nuclear war does not automatically mean the end of the world.

US Pacific admiral: Ties with Japan key to regional security. The U.S. Navy’s top commander in the Pacific and the Japanese defense minister on Friday said that close cooperation between their naval forces is more important than ever in the region amid rising tensions over China, North Korea and Russia.


ANARCHISTS JOIN JIHADISTS – Army private admits bizarre plot to attack his unit on deployment. A U.S. Army private assigned to the 173rd Airborne Brigade pleaded guilty Friday to charges that he plotted to murder members of his unit in an attack that he planned to carry out in 2020 on behalf of a group that promotes extreme violence to bring about the demise of Western civilization, authorities said.


DESPICABLE TRAITOR – Ex-Army pilot turned defense contractor sold aviation secrets to China. A former Army helicopter pilot with more than 20 years of service has pleaded guilty to working as an agent for the Chinese government after he was caught selling information concerning defense and military aviation projects between 2017 and 2020.


Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 124. Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said his country needs a more modern air defense system after a series of deadly attacks on the capital, Kyiv, as well as the regions of Mykolaiv, Chernihiv and Lviv. More than 100 bodies have been found in a house in the Russian-occupied city of Mariupol, the mayor’s adviser, Piotr Andryushchenko, said.

A bloody retreat as Ukrainian unit hit by Russian cluster bombs. The Ukrainian Airborne unit was relieved to be pulling back from the front Sunday morning, riding a column of armored personnel carriers away from the embattled city of Severodonetsk, which had already fallen to the Russians, and Lysychansk, which was on the brink.

Shift to air defense war in Ukraine prompts US to rethink aid. The attempt by Ukraine to hold the eastern city of Sievierodonetsk ended June 23 as the Biden administration announced another $450 million in military aid, including four additional HIMARS rocket systems, to help strike Russian artillery as unmanned aerial systems have grown ineffective against Russian air defenses.

Ukraine accuses Russia of launching missiles from Belarusian airspace. Ukrainian military intelligence said 12 missiles were fired from Russian Tu-22M3 bombers flying over Belarus, marking the first time that Belarusian airspace has been used for such an attack.

US sending patrol boats to help Ukraine control its rivers. Vessels plus Harpoons could also help defend Odesa port, defense official says.


THANK YOU, TRUMP – A Middle East NATO? A missile defense network with Israel? Major shifts brewing in region. After Israel announced cooperative defense with Arab nations, many questions remain unanswered.

US held secret meeting with Israeli, Arab military chiefs to counter Iran air threat. The meeting in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, included military officials from Israel, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan, Egypt, the U.A.E. and Bahrain.

SATELLITE CARRIER EQUALS NUKE WARHEAD CARRIER – Iran test launches Zuljanah satellite carrier: State media. Iranian media on Sunday quoted a defense ministry spokesman as saying the satellite vehicle was launched with a suborbital target, and that data gathered from the launch would inform a third planned launch.

DESPERATE EU – Iran and EU agree to restart nuclear deal talks on Borrell visit. Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian and the EU’s Josep Borrell announced during a news conference following a “long but positive” talk on Saturday that they have agreed that indirect talks between Tehran and Washington to restore their 2015 nuclear accord will restart within days.


North Korea says US is setting up Asian NATO; vows stronger defense. North Korea has accused the United States of setting up a military alliance like NATO in Asia, saying the unwavering U.S. aim to oust North Korea’s government compelled it to develop stronger defenses.


BECAUSE DOD HAS TO HELP OUR TROOPS KILL THEIR UNBORN BABIES – Austin vows to maintain military’s access to abortion despite end of Roe. The Defense Department will ensure that service members, their families and civilian employees have access to reproductive health care in the wake of a Supreme Court decision Friday to end the constitutional protection for abortion, the Pentagon said.


Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank. - - PAULCRESPO.COM

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